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Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’

Native Plants

Henry’s Garnet Virginia Sweetspire

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Summary

Henry’s Garnet Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’) is a showstopper in late spring to early summer. This elegantly arching, 4-6’ tall shrub produces masses of pure white spikes of flower clusters just as the summer heat builds. True to its name, Henry’s Garnet Virginia sweetspire extends interest as it ignites the autumn landscape with garnet red foliage. Though found naturally in moist to wet soils, it can tolerate dry soils as long as they are acidic and well drained. In addition, it makes an excellent shrub for massing, or as a specimen in filtered shade to full sun planted with possumhaw viburnum (Viburnum nudum), winterberry (Ilex verticillata), sweet bay (Magnolia virginiana), American snowbell (Styrax americanus), American alumroot (Heuchera americana), and Piedmont azalea (Rhododendron canescens). Zones 5-9. 


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  • Plant Type
    shrub 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    partial-shade-to-full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    late-spring-to-early-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic 
  • Flower Color
    white 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    purple, red 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown 

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